Horse Leader for Adaptive Horseback Riding Lessons

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ORGANIZATION: Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center

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The role of the Leader is to lead the horse while allowing the client to make every attempt to control their horse whenever possible. The Leader takes direction from the Instructor and helps ensure horse safety throughout the course of the lesson.

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About Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center


7600 Lakeville Highway, Sonoma Horse Park, Petaluma, CA 94954, US

Mission Statement

Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center is dedicated to enriching lives through the power of horses, team and community. Through the excellence of our equine assisted programs, people of all ages, means, and challenges experience the extraordinary benefits of therapeutic riding and activities. Who We Are:


At Giant Steps, we strongly believe that all people can break down barriers to lead richer, more independent lives, regardless of the disabilities or challenges they may face. We have harnessed the therapeutic power of horses since 1998 to help people of all ages overcome their physical, emotional, behavioral, cognitive and developmental challenges. Since then, the clients we’ve served have represented more than 60 distinct disabilities and challenges as well as members of our military.

At times, people come to Giant Steps for more than therapy. They also want an enjoyable, social activity and a place to connect with others. Programs we offer range from mounted therapeutic riding classes to ground equine facilitated learning lessons that help clients improve their physical strength and also enhance their emotional and social capabilities. Over the years we have experienced many stories of transformation, seen our clients become physically stronger, more socially engaged, and emotionally aware. This is what drives us.

Beyond our quality programming, Giant Steps is also about community. We work to create a safe space where people can come and share their experiences with other families. It’s a place where, regardless of the disabilities or challenges people may be experiencing, they have the opportunity to bond with our horses, our dedicated instructors and volunteers, and other like-minded people who are all championing for their success. Here, one person’s success is a success for the entire Giant Steps community.


Children & Youth
People with Disabilities
Animals, Children & Youth, People with Disabilities


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7600 Lakeville HighwaySonoma Horse ParkPetaluma, CA 94954




  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • Volunteers commit to at least one lesson per week for a term that lasts 6 or 12 weeks. Each lesson is 45 minutes , and volunteers arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of the lesson to help get the horse ready. Minimum of approx. 1.5 hours each week.
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